Cook County Forest Preserve District police officer Patrick Connor, 56, resigned from the force on Wednesday.
It came nearly four weeks after he was filmed ignoring a woman’s pleas for help as a man berated her over her Puerto Rico shirt while she set up for a picnic.
Timothy Trybus has been charged with assault and disorderly conduct following the incident.
He was filmed demanding to know why 24-year-old Mia Irizarry would wear a shirt featuring Puerto Rico’s flag.
An Illinois police officer who was filmed ignoring a woman’s pleas for help while a man yelled at her about her Puerto Rico shirt has resigned, his department announced on Wednesday.
Cook County Forest Preserve District police officer Patrick Connor, 56, announced his resignation nearly four weeks after the filmed confrontation in a Chicago park.
The video, which was filmed last month and posted to Facebook on July 6, shows Timothy Trybus berating 24-year-old Mia Irizarry for her Puerto Rico shirt as she sets up for a picnic.
Trybus, who has been charged with assault and disorderly conduct, is heard demanding to know why the woman would wear a shirt featuring Puerto Rico’s flag.
“You should not be wearing that in the United States of America,” Trybus, 62, tells her. “Are you a citizen? Are you a United States citizen?”
After pointing out that Puerto Rico is a commonwealth territory of the United States, Irizarry asks the man to leave her alone and asks Connor for help.
“Can you please get away from me?” Irizarry asks. “Officer, I feel highly uncomfortable. Can you please grab him?”
Connor is seen on video watching the confrontation unfold, but ignoring Irizarry’s plea for help, even after the man came so close to Irizarry that he took up her entire video screen.
Eventually, another guest arrived at the party and asked Trybus to step away from Irizarry.
Following the incident, the Forest Preserves Department of Cook County police department said that Connor had been assigned to desk duty during an investigation, and on Wednesday, he resigned from the force.
“Effective today, Officer Patrick Connor no longer serves in the police department of the Forest Preserves of Cook County,” the force announced in a tweet on Wednesday. “He resigned late today. But that isn’t where our work ends.
“We are further addressing aspects of this incident and more information will be shared here and with the media tomorrow. No further information is available this evening.”
Connor, who joined the department in 2006, had been on desk duty since June 24 – ten days after the video was shot and nearly two weeks before it was posted on Facebook, according to the Chicago Tribune.
Forest Preserve District Police Chief Kelvin Pope said on Tuesday that Connor “should’ve stepped in, and he should’ve done something.”
“I think that’s the reason we’re here today, because he did not,” he said.
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